Odegaard pens goodbye message on Instagram

Martin Odegaard has confirmed he won’t be returning to Arsenal this summer season after his mortgage from Actual Madrid got here to an finish.

The Norwegian loved a productive six-month spell on the Emirates Stadium within the second half of final season, chipping in with two targets and two assists in 20 appearances, and Arsenal had been eager to carry him again completely this summer season.

A switch at all times appeared unlikely and Arsenal’s possibilities of touchdown Odegaard completely had been dealt an enormous blow by the departure of former Actual boss Zinedine Zidane, whose lack of religion within the younger midfielder was all the cause he needed to depart the membership on mortgage within the first place.

Arsenal have been wanting elsewhere of their seek for a quantity ten, together with a failed pursuit of Emiliano Buendia. They appear to know {that a} transfer for Odegaard is not occurring, however the participant himself has now confirmed that anyway.

“Arsenal, thanks a lot for these six months,” he wrote on Instagram. “My time with the Arsenal household will at all times maintain a particular place in my coronary heart.

“I need to thank everybody in and across the membership for the best way you made me really feel like a part of the household because the first day. Particular due to the followers, even with out you guys within the stadium for almost all of the season, I felt you with me always.

“An enormous thanks to the boss and his workers for all the things I’ve realized throughout my keep. Thanks additionally to all my team-mates for such a good time on and off the pitch. I am going to miss you all. Thanks, Gunners household. All the time in my coronary heart.”

New Actual boss Carlo Ancelotti is anticipated to present Odegaard the possibility to impress on the Santiago Bernabeu this season and is more likely to hand him the house within the squad which had been taken up by Isco, who is offered for switch this summer season.

As for Arsenal, the seek for a brand new quantity 10 continues. The plan is to tie Emile Smith Rowe right down to a brand new contract, however Mikel Arteta nonetheless needs any person new to supply some further competitors.

Leicester Metropolis’s James Maddison is regarded as the highest goal however is sort of actually going to be too costly, leaving Arsenal taking a look at different choices. Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has been unconvincingly named as a possible goal, whereas current experiences have linked Arsenal with a £15m transfer for RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer.

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